How To Recover An Unsaved Word Document When Computer Shuts Down

How To Recover An Unsaved Word Document When Computer Shuts Down

My Word document was lost when my computer crashed. How do I restore an unsaved Word 2007 document after closing it? When you forget to save a Word document, there are three helpful solutions you can try.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover recent documents Open Word > click Open > click File > click Recent > click Recover from Recent Documents…Full steps
Fix 2. Recover from Manage Document Run Word > open a new file > click File > click Info and then Manage Document…Full steps
Fix 3. Recover temporary files Locate the temp files in C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles…Full steps
Bonus Tip: Recover deleted Word Documents Use a reliable data recovery tool to restore deleted or lost Word documents in 3 steps…Full steps

Unsaved Word documents cannot be recovered using any available data recovery software. Usually, third-party software is only useful if you already have an original file on your computer’s hard drive or a USB drive. These data recovery tools can be used to recover lost saved Word documents that became lost later due to deletion by mistake, disk formatting, virus attack, partition loss, etc.

The EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard software on this page, which is well-known in data recovery, cannot help you if you want to recover a document that was not saved due to a computer crash or shutdown. Then, after the computer restarts, how can you get back if you forgot to save a Word document? Follow the three practical suggestions listed below.

How to Recover an Unsaved Word Document After Computer Restarts

Users of Microsoft Office can use AutoRecover to restore a Word document currently being edited automatically. By selecting “File” > “Options” > “Save” and checking “Save AutoRecover,” you can turn on this feature. The AutoSave interval’s time can be altered. The unsaved Word document can be recovered using the following techniques following a computer restart, crash, or shutdown as long as this feature begins to function. See another post on recovering an unsaved Word document from 2007 or 2003 if your version of Word is older than 2010.

Method 1. Recover from Recent Documents (Word 2010/2013/2016/2019)

  • Open the Word application and click the “Open” > “File” tab.
  • Click “Recent”.
  • Scroll to the bottom of your Recent Documents and then click “Recover Unsaved Documents”.
  • The saved drafts will open in a new window. Click “Save As” to restore the disappeared unsaved Word document after a computer problem.​

Method 2. Recover from Manage Document

  • Run Word > open a new file or an existing file.
  • Click the “File” tab > “Info” > click “Manage Document”.
  • Click “Recover Unsaved Documents”.
  • You will see the list of your unsaved files. Select the file and click “Open” > “Save As” to store the Word file. 

Method 3. Recover from Temporary Files

  • You can find the temp files in this path: C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles.
  • Select the file you want to restore, then open it in the Word program to save it again.

You can use EaseUS Data Recovery to recover the deleted temporary files if you deleted the Unsaved Files folder and lost all your saved files.

How to Recover Deleted or Lost Word Documents on Windows 10/8/7 

As previously stated, a data recovery tool can only help you recover deleted files; it cannot help you recover unsaved Word documents. The well-known document recovery tool EaseUS EaseUS, Data Recovery Wizard, also enables you to quickly recover deleted DOC/DOCX, XLS/XLSX, PPT/PPTX, PDF, CWK, HTML/HTM, INDD, and EPS files.

EaseUS Word Recovery Software

  • Recover 1000+ file types, including .doc, .xlsx, jpg, .png, .gif, .mp4, .mov, .ppt, .pdf, and more.
  • After data recovery, repair corrupted files and support document, photo, and video repair.
  • Support data recovery for unforeseen deletion, formatting, hard drive damage, virus attack, and system failure in a variety of circumstances
Step 1. Choose the Word file location

Select the drive or a specific folder, then click “Scan.”

Step 2. Locate your Word files

The software will immediately start scanning all lost data on the chosen drive. Click the “Documents” option in the left panel after the scan. From the category bar, select “Word.” Click “Preview” after that.

Step 3. Recover Word files

Select the desired Word files after viewing the lost Word files, then click “Recover.” Next, decide where to put the Word files in a folder.